Ode to the Wheatie Bag

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The staff laugh, I laugh too, at this obsession.Two, three times a day I reach toward my collection. A box of small cute jelly-bean shaped bags.Choose your colour, pattern even zig zag! At first you think it’s odd, perhaps she’s mad,To offer you a small wheatie bag. I leave you alone, two minutes I’ll take.You scan the room, where’s her … Read More

Festive Season and Your Eyes

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How does one link the festive season to a blog about the eyes? Well here at the Wellington Eye Centre we live, sleep and dream eyes so there is no topic we can’t relate back to the amazing fields of Optometry and Ophthalmology. Here are some Festive Season Eye related snippets. 1.  Christmas Tree Cataract Is a rare age-related cataract. … Read More

What’s the deal with sunglasses?

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Are all sunglasses made equal? Which are the best sunglasses to wear? Should children wear sunglasses? Sunglasses are great! Not only can they improve your comfort on a sunny or glarey day, but they protect your eyes, they’re fun and they can be an integral accessory for the budding fashionista! With so many functions, how do we make sure we … Read More

What are Punctal Plugs?

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Punctal Plugs are small plastic tubes that can be inserted into the puncta of the upper or lower eyelid. The puncta are the small openings you can see on the eyelids, found in the inner corner of your eyes. Individually called the Upper Punctum and Lower Punctum. It is more common to have just your lower puncta plugged. Eye care … Read More

Watery Eyes – No, I’m not crying.

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Do you have constantly watery eyes? Perhaps you even have tears running down your face? Sick of people asking you if you’re OK? Or if you have been crying? Well watery eyes aren’t something you just have to put up with. There are some solutions available to help. Watery eyes are very common and are usually temporary. For a small … Read More

Are hobby glasses bad for my eyes?

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Hobby glasses are easily purchased from pharmacies, department stores, the warehouse, supermarkets and even in some $2 shops! Hobby glasses are also known as ready-made reading glasses, over the counter reading glasses, magnifying glasses or readers. They are quick and easy to buy, rarely more than $30.00, but do they damage your eyes? The short answer is no, they don’t … Read More

The relationship between eyesight and migraines

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The effect migraine can have on your eyesight is both fascinating and disruptive. But the very first time you experience it, it can also be very distressing. In this blog, we explore the connection between the brain, the eyes and what we see. What is a migraine? A migraine is a recurrent and severe headache which a whopping one in … Read More

Eyesight and genetics. Is there a link?

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We see inherited traits every day. Families with the same hair colour, eye colour, nose shape or build. But those of us who don’t experience poor vision probably haven’t considered the links between genetics and eyesight. Many eye conditions do have an underlying genetic cause, which means they can be inherited or “run in the family”. For people who have … Read More

Digital Eye Strain and Healthy Screen Habits

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Does your job have you glued to your screen? Maybe your go-to activity is Netflix or gaming? Or perhaps you are one of the millions of people currently housebound due to Covid-19 and screens are your only link to the outside world. Love them or hate them, it’s hard to escape our screens. They are a major part of modern … Read More

Viruses and The Eye

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At the present time everyone in New Zealand, and almost everyone throughout the rest of the world, has had their life severely disrupted and, unfortunately, in many cases ended, by the Covid 19 virus. Covid 19 can affect the eyes, causing conjunctivitis, but it is not the only virus that can affect the eyes. Many viruses have more severe effects … Read More

How Allergies and Hay Fever Affect Your Eyes

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Spring may be the season best known for triggering allergy symptoms, but some of us experience hay fever symptoms all year round. Our much loved Pohutukawa trees can bring out a swathe of allergic reactions in the midst of a New Zealand summer. Even now, with cooler days ahead of us, some may start experiencing itchy eyes and runny noses … Read More

Have your eye drops run out?

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Have you been caught short over the summer break and have run out of your eye drops? Or maybe the eye drops you normally use aren’t on the shelves in your supermarket or pharmacy? To help you navigate this we have outlined some options below. Prescription eye drops For those of you using prescription only eye drops, for example for … Read More